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Originally Posted by wmcclain View Post

Any differences for Blu-ray will be too subtle to show up on snapshots. Calibrating the display will make a bigger improvement than switching gear. If you are happy with what you have I would stick with it and start tweaking the display.

-Bill

Bill,

I have already calibrated my TV with the Spears and Munsil disc. At this point I'm just curious if the ~$350,- price difference is "visible".

Jacob,

thanks for the link!

Ray
post #13052 of 16473
I'm looking for a bluray player with the following features:

Built in Wi-fi
Netflix (I'm in Canada, so other services like Hulu aren't needed)
streaming from a samba share with good support for video formats (mostly mkv, but the more supported formats the better)

I've been looking everywhere for the LG BD670C, but none of the stores around me have them left in stock. I could order one online as a last resort, but I'd prefer not to.

I think the Philips BDP3406 has all these features, but I haven't been able to find much buyer feedback on it.

My other option is to go with a WD live or other streaming box and just get a separate bluray player, but I'm trying to limit the number of components/remotes in the bedroom.
post #13053 of 16473
Jacob, that link was excellent! That helped me tremendously!

What exactly is Source Direct though? Does that mean if I'd watch an old DVD movie, that it would not alter with its picture by up-converting it to 1080p? If I understand that correctly, why is it a plus to NOT up-convert?


Ray
post #13054 of 16473
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Originally Posted by raehza View Post

At this point I'm just curious if the ~$350,- price difference is "visible".

No.
post #13055 of 16473
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Originally Posted by raehza View Post

Jacob, that link was excellent! That helped me tremendously!

What exactly is Source Direct though? Does that mean if I'd watch an old DVD movie, that it would not alter with its picture by up-converting it to 1080p? If I understand that correctly, why is it a plus to NOT up-convert?


Ray

Yes, Source Direct sends the native video resolution of the disc, with minimal video processing. For DVD this 480i.

It is of interest to people who want to use the player as a transport, with video processing happening downstream in some video processor, receiver, or in the display itself.

-Bill
post #13056 of 16473
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Originally Posted by Massif View Post

I'm looking for a bluray player with the following features:

Built in Wi-fi
Netflix (I'm in Canada, so other services like Hulu aren't needed)
streaming from a samba share with good support for video formats (mostly mkv, but the more supported formats the better)

I've been looking everywhere for the LG BD670C, but none of the stores around me have them left in stock. I could order one online as a last resort, but I'd prefer not to.

I think the Philips BDP3406 has all these features, but I haven't been able to find much buyer feedback on it.

My other option is to go with a WD live or other streaming box and just get a separate bluray player, but I'm trying to limit the number of components/remotes in the bedroom.

As is usually the case with me, I've solved my problem moments after posting on a message board. I found the BD670C at my local Walmart! I wasn't expecting that.
post #13057 of 16473
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Originally Posted by raehza View Post

Bill,

I have already calibrated my TV with the Spears and Munsil disc. At this point I'm just curious if the ~$350,- price difference is "visible".

Jacob,

thanks for the link!

Ray

no problem.
the reason that the oppo has so much praise is the customer service is such top notch. you wont get that with the other brands. yes it does cost a bit. but I rather think its a bargin at 500. they could easily sell it for 1000 or more.

Jacob
post #13058 of 16473
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Originally Posted by Jacob305 View Post

no problem.
the reason that the oppo has so much praise is the customer service is such top notch. you wont get that with the other brands. yes it does cost a bit. but I rather think its a bargin at 500. they could easily sell it for 1000 or more.

Jacob

SHHHHHHHHHHH Don't say that out loud now!


Ray
post #13059 of 16473
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Originally Posted by raehza View Post

SHHHHHHHHHHH Don't say that out loud now!


Ray

I think it pretty safe to say that the 499 is a fine price for it.

Jacob
post #13060 of 16473
Hoping someone can advise.


Seems XBOX 360 is limiting quality on streaming services outside there own. That and its already lousy codec support have me hoping a BluRay can help. I already have a Galaxy Tab but Google TV has me curious.

What I want.

1. Youtube / Vudu HDX

Ive heard good things about Vudu...Youtube on XBox edits out all the music videos so again pretty lousy for a YT player.

2. Codec support.
.MKV is a must. FLV/MOV are major pluses.


Im willing to get a Sony Google TV BR but Ive heard PQ isnt great.
PS3 is an option but the codec support isnt there.

My budget is pretty open but prefer under 200$ Ideally 100-150$
Willing to go higher is PQ is good and features Ive noted are there.
post #13061 of 16473
I'm looking for an inexpensive ($150 or less) BD player for a bedroom setup.

What I want:
  • Good quality DVD upscaling
  • Good PQ
  • Quiet operation
  • Fast load times (not sure if this is an issue with current gen players?)
What I don't care about:
  • 3D, Wi-fi, internet streaming or other media support (besides Blu-ray/DVDs)
I was thinking possibly the Sony BDPS185 or the Panasonic DMPBD75. Any comments on those models or other suggestions?
post #13062 of 16473
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Originally Posted by shponglefan View Post

I'm looking for an inexpensive ($150 or less) BD player for a bedroom setup.

What I want:
  • Good quality DVD upscaling
  • Good PQ
  • Quiet operation
  • Fast load times (not sure if this is an issue with current gen players?)
What I don't care about:
  • 3D, Wi-fi, internet streaming or other media support (besides Blu-ray/DVDs)
I was thinking possibly the Sony BDPS185 or the Panasonic DMPBD75. Any comments on those models or other suggestions?

In your price range you can get the Sony BDP-S580 ($129, on sale). I just picked one up a couple of days ago and love it.
- Can't speak on upscaling because my AVR does it.
- PQ is excellent
- It is much quieter than my S360. The only time I've heard anything is on initial boot of either the player or disc.
- Very fast load times. BD, I'm guessing 5-10 seconds.
post #13063 of 16473
Looking for a thin/reliable player $150 or less.

Any suggestions - Netflix would be a plus as well as pandora as I am pulling the Tivo out so there goes my netflix.

Don't care about wireless/3d.
post #13064 of 16473
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Originally Posted by cburbs View Post

Looking for a thin/reliable player $150 or less.

Any suggestions - Netflix would be a plus as well as pandora as I am pulling the Tivo out so there goes my netflix.

Don't care about wireless/3d.

See the previous post...
post #13065 of 16473
Or the Panasonic 110 (wired) or 210 (wireless).
post #13066 of 16473
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Originally Posted by triumphrider74 View Post

See the previous post...

The Sony seemed to get bad remarks from Secrets review. The panny 210 got better reviews but people seem to be complaining about Netflix on it.
Sony BDP-S580 3D Blu-ray Player

Panny 210
post #13067 of 16473
Ok I had my PS3 ever since launch date for $599...and back then it was even better than stand alone Blu-Ray players even the ones on the same price range...

PS3 was my only Blu-Ray player until today, And I have it in my bed room...But I saw a Sony BDP-S580 for $80 and ordered it for my living room, should be getting it soon...

My question is since Blu-Ray players are cheap now...

- Can I retire my PS3 as a Blu-Ray player and just use it for games and just get a stand alone Blu-Ray player for my movies?

- Are the image quality or features of newer players better now than what I get on MY PS3?

- Can you even tell quality wise?
post #13068 of 16473
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Originally Posted by jorlanm View Post

Ok I had my PS3 ever since launch date for $599...and back then it was even better than stand alone Blu-Ray players even the ones on the same price range...

PS3 was my only Blu-Ray player until today, And I have it in my bed room...But I saw a Sony BDP-S580 for $80 and ordered it for my living room, should be getting it soon...

My question is since Blu-Ray players are cheap now...

- Can I retire my PS3 as a Blu-Ray player and just use it for games and just get a stand alone Blu-Ray player for my movies?

- Are the image quality or features of newer players better now than what I get on MY PS3?

- Can you even tell quality wise?

IMO, a stand-alone player is the way to go. You would spare your PS3 wear and tear by using it only for gaming, and probably get better PQ for upscaling SD DVDs (BluRay PQ is very, very similar across all players).
post #13069 of 16473
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Originally Posted by Jacob305 View Post

this link should help.

Jacob
http://www.hometheaterhifi.com/techn...n.html?start=3

Excellent Link Jacob!! Thanks a ton.
post #13070 of 16473
Recently I purchased a Panasonic 310 and I am on fence whether or not to send it back to the jungle. Wondering now if there are any other players with checkerboard 3d output that I should have considered? (I have a 2008 mits that needs the adapter which I have but was hoping wouldn't be needed). Also I have learned that 2d-3d conversion isn't available when the player is set to checkerboard which was a big factor that now is a disappointment.
post #13071 of 16473
Hi i am thinking to buy one bluray home cinema package and the main reason is because it is more cheaper than the standalone receivers/speakers and it plays mkv files.

Which of these packages do you suggest me and why?

01. Pioneer(Most the 414 model)
02. Philips
03. Samsung(I didn't find any other model that support bluray/mkv files)

The main reason i want to buy one package of the above is because it play mkv, m2ts e.t.c. files and i want to know if it can support/play internal & external greek subtitles(Srt, pga e.t.c.) files and if it can support/play any kind of sound like ac3,dts,dts-hd, truehd e.t.c.

And id any of these bluray/mkv player packages can support the converting of 2d into 3d it would be a plus to all buy research i make....
As i see only the samsung bluray/mkv player does support that. Is that true?

A LOT OF THANKS FOR YOUR TIME AND YOUR ANSWERS.
post #13072 of 16473
I currently have a Samsung BD-D5500 that came with my Plasma TV. I have been having issues with some Blu-rays not playing or skipping. I have updated the firmware and still having some issues. I was looking at the Panasonic DMP-BDT210 and it is on sale was thinking about getting it but seeing if it would even be worth the purchase. I also figured if I do it in the next day or to can still get the Avatar 3D disc as well. Just wanted to see the Panasonic is any better than what I currently have. Thanks in advance.
post #13073 of 16473
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Originally Posted by Chas1979 View Post

I currently have a Samsung BD-D5500 that came with my Plasma TV. I have been having issues with some Blu-rays not playing or skipping. I have updated the firmware and still having some issues. I was looking at the Panasonic DMP-BDT210 and it is on sale was thinking about getting it but seeing if it would even be worth the purchase. I also figured if I do it in the next day or to can still get the Avatar 3D disc as well. Just wanted to see the Panasonic is any better than what I currently have. Thanks in advance.

hell yea! make the switch.. samsung blu ray players are the worse kind.

Jacob
post #13074 of 16473
So what bluray home cinema package do you suggest me to buy?
The pioneer is good?
post #13075 of 16473
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Originally Posted by fits79 View Post

So what bluray home cinema package do you suggest me to buy?
The pioneer is good?

I would buy the player seperate from the home cinema package.

Jacob
post #13076 of 16473
Yes but with that method the price of all would go to the clouds(It's to expensive)
post #13077 of 16473
I have been looking for a bluray player that can play WAV files off a memory card or a usb stick. Any out there ?
I have a panasonic bd-85k but it wont play wav files from memory devices, only mp3.
post #13078 of 16473
Oppo is the only one I know of.
post #13079 of 16473
Agreed very good link i have a Sony 580 and wondered about higher priced machines that gives clear info.

Cheers

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Originally Posted by thunking View Post

Excellent Link Jacob!! Thanks a ton.
post #13080 of 16473
Just a thought but remember when your all in one fails the whole lot fails. If you sprung for buying seperate items when one bit goes you can replace that one part.

Maybe get a player connect to your display and add the other bits as you could afford them.

Just a thought..

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Yes but with that method the price of all would go to the clouds(It's to expensive)
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